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BYU basketball: Cougars expect intense, competitive contest as they host Utah State

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  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    Woulda coulda shoulda

    Missing three season starters and playing away and it still comes down to final shot. Already looking forward to next year.

  • troutman Washington, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Sven in St. Greed says:

    USU 73

    BYU 68

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Feb. 19, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    usu has really fallen this year. They have lost a few home games and lose to some pretty poor road teams and barely beat some poor teams at home. This won't have the intensity as it would have to begin the season. BYU simply has too much depth, and they are incredibly hard to beat at home.

    It will be a solid BYU win.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Feb. 19, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    The Aggies always bring their A game when they play BYU. I like this rivalry, except when it is played in Logan with rabid and unsportsmanlike fans (glad they won't be harassing Davies any more). There is a point at which the line gets crossed between excited fanbase and inappropriate behavior.

  • Sjense90 SANDY, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    I'm a byu student going to the game tonight. Don't like the move behind the basket. I feel further away from the action, especially during the first half when the opposing team is on the other side of the court. Some of the great venues in basketball keep the students center stage (duke, Michigan state). My position is understandably biased. What drives me crazy is looking over and seeing all the empty seats where the student section used to be. Not a great way to treat your most faithful and consistent fans.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    Glad the game is at the y this year. The home court almost always wins this instate game. With the injuries the Aggies have had it would be difficult to protect the home court this year.

    That said, Stew is a dangerous coach. I expect a single digit loss.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    What, Brock Z got a new job as a sport caster? Is he done with basketball? Yes, I want him sitting with those reporters in street clothes.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 19, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    Sorry guys, but moving the students behind the visiting team's 2nd half basket was a good move, and this coming from a former student who used to camp out overnight for first-come-first-served tickets before EVERY home game during the Danny Ainge era.

    Having visiting teams shoot free throws into the teeth of that zany student section during close games is going to make the Marriott Center even more intimidating in years to come.

    The lack of home court advantage this year has been more a product of a rebuilding BYU team, than moving the students.

  • jimbo049 North Logan, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    #63 BYU is playing #112 USU who has arguably lost four of its top 5 players from the beginning of the season. There is no reason BYU should lose this at home. If they do, then they have a lot of questions that need answers.

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    I agree with CWEB and agarrett. The luster and magic of the home court advantage is gone. On the bright side we should be able to get Duke to play at the Marriott center now.

  • agarrett PROVO, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 1:09 a.m.

    I am a big BYU fan and I couldn't agree more with CWEB. Moving the students behind one of the hoops was the worst idea BYU has ever had. I knew it would be this way. BYU belongs to the students. It is the students team, so why should they get the shaft. Too bad BYU athletics values money more than their fans now. (See: Football Independence)

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Feb. 18, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    #62 BYU playing #38 St Mary. Coach Rose hopes his team plays like they did against #250 Portland...

    Uhhh, me too? I guess? Not sure how you can tell...

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Feb. 18, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    My question is what ever happened to the BYU team that had been predicted to make a run at the conference title in December? They are now in a position of not even making the NIT. Unless you can run the tables and make it to the conference championship game, this program will need to start asking alot of questions about itself. BYU basketball used to be exciting and the fans showed up and were loud. What is happening to the men's athletic programs at BYU? Maybe they should take a note from the page of the women's teams at BYU. They seem to consistently put together a solid program.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    Goodness, it seems like every article I read has CWEB complaining about BYU athletics. What does the economics of ice cream making have to do with playing USU? Being a malcontent is not a great way to cheer on your team. Put on your BYU shirt and be happier.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    I truly hope the extra money $$$ that BYU gets for the change in seating is worth it, BYU is losing more often in the Marriott Center, and the place is HALF as effective in noise as it was before. I am amazed at how much we have lost in home court advantage. Sad that money dictates all we do today. Like the programs don't have enough money...probably have more than they ever have...look at the ridiculous prices we pay for a tiny cup of ice cream...the same almost as much as a half gallon costs at the creamery. Which...by the way, is probably the cheapest made process anywhere...own your own cows, own your own feedlots, own your own manufacturing and processing of the cream...always the public pays.

  • agarrett PROVO, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    Come on Jeff Call, you should know the difference between Charles Abouo and Brandon Davies.

  • nielsen American Fork, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 7:21 p.m.

    C'mon guys not Brandon Davies that was Charles Abouo who is now currently playing in Europe.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    BYU 85
    USU 60